Comic Review: Abbott #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Retro is in, and we are in luck; Abbott #1 from Boom, has plenty! It’s the 70’s, and the time of Alena Abbott. She’s young and black, a reporter for […]

Retro is in, and we are in luck; Abbott #1 from Boom, has plenty!

It’s the 70’s, and the time of Alena Abbott. She’s young and black, a reporter for the Detroit Daily newspaper. The Daily is not ‘the’ paper of Detroit, it’s somewhere down the line, somewhere down the block.

Alena is an excellent writer and is being given exclusive access to crime scenes by sympathetic police officials. But she has her work cut out for her; racism is in full display in Detroit. Plus, besides the smoke from her chainsmoking, and the search for the ‘smoking gun’, she is encountering visitations by a mysterious smoky presence! Supernatural time!

Abbott is well written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Sami Kivela, colored by Jason Wordie.

It’s a good read; it feels ‘genuine’ to the era portrayed, the characters are believable and we feel for them. Okay, I think Abbott smokes far too much, but so did a lot of other people in the 70’s…

Check out the first issue to see if this detective thriller is your cup of tea!

Boom Comics, Abbott #1, (of 5) presumably $3.99 for 24 pages of content, and presumably for Mature readers.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!